Partnering with key stakeholders for a holistic strategy to overcome indigenous family violence


Conference | 5 March View Full Program
Post-Conference Workshop | 6 March View Full Program 


Indigenous Family Violence is a national issue that requires the involvement of many stakeholders across the country to overcome.  
The 5th annual Overcoming Indigenous Family Violence Forum brings together representatives from government, police, legal services, not-for-profit, community organisation and family violence support services. They all have a vital role to play in tackling indigenous family violence. 
During the course of this 1-day conference and 1-day workshop, we will explore critical issues in the indigenous family violence space, including state government initiatives; how frontline services are engaging in prevention, early intervention and response; building better relationships between police and local communities; hearing directly from survivors of family violence; working more effectively with perpetrators to achieve positive behaviour change and empowering indigenous communities to prevent child abuse and neglect. 
Having previously been held in Cairns, Brisbane, Melbourne and Darwin, Overcoming Indigenous Family Violence comes to Perth in 2019. We remain committed to delivering relevant, practical and effective solutions that are borne directly out of experience from the coal-face. Working with our Advisory Board of Elders and experts, we have striven to ensure that the agenda addresses the concerns of those closely involved in the indigenous family violence space.

Meet Our Advisory Board 

To ensure that the conference program reflects the issues that are of greatest importance in overcoming indigenous family violence, our Advisory Board of Indigenous experts have helped us to develop the agenda:

Uncle Peter Shine

Director of Aboriginal Health, North Sydney Local Health District
Senior Constable Debra Blackwell
Community Engagement Police Officer, Northern Territory Police
Thomas Harrison
Indigenous Family Violence Regional Coordinator (Eastern Metro), Department of Health and Human Services, Victoria
Professor Simon Forrest Elder in Residence 

Curtin University

Featured Speakers

Patrick Dodson

Shadow Assistant Minister for Indigenous Affairs and Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islanders

Senator for Western Australia Senate of Australia

Colin Pettit

Commissioner for Children and Young People

Western Australia Government

Damian Green

Chief Executive Officer

Stopping Family Violence

Leanne Barron

Chief Executive Officer


Robyn Fitall

Chief Executive Officer

Koolkuna – Eastern Region Domestic Violence Services Network

Devon Cuimara

Chief Executive Officer

Aboriginal Males Healing Centre

Laurel Sellers

Chief Executive Officer

Yorgum Aboriginal Corporation

Professor Simon Forrest

Elder in Residence

Curtin University

View all speakers


Endorsing Partner

View all Partners

Why Attend?

  • Hear from Senator Patrick Dodson, Shadow Assistant Minister for Indigenous Affairs and Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islanders, outline the Labor Party’s plan for overcoming indigenous family violence.

  • Hear how the Commissioner for Children and Young People is advocating for the welfare of Indigenous children and youth.

  • Find out how Djinda is helping Aboriginal and Torres Islander women experiencing family violence to navigate the legal system.

  • Learn how Zonta House is assisting Indigenous women with crisis accommodation.

  • Understand how to build your organisation’s support network with Alice Springs Women’s Shelter

  • Discover how the Aboriginal Males Healing Centre is helping Aboriginal men reduce their use of violence.

  • Identify strategies to build better relationships between police and local communities with the Northern Territory Police.

  • Find out more about engaging Elders in the development of family violence prevention programs.

  • Identify healing strategies for survivors of family violence with Yorgum Aboriginal Corporation.

  • Build the capacity of your organisation’s frontline workers to tackle indigenous family violence with our frontline services panel.

  • Learn to respond more effectively to child abuse and neglect with leading Indigenous human rights lawyer Dr Hannah McGlade from Curtin University.

Who Should Attend? 

Those responsible for designing and delivering family violence policies, programmes and services from:
  • State and Federal Government 
  • Local Councils  
  • Not-for-Profits 
  • Family Violence Support Centres 
  • Family Violence Shelters 
  • Community Organisations and Foundations 
  • Police and ambulance services


Team Discounts




5%OFF 10%OFF 15%OFF


Venue will be confirmed 4 weeks prior to the event. 

Venue will be located in a deluxe-city hotel in Perth's CBD.